After months of pleading and questioning, Allie Quigley had stopped hearing the noise.
The three-time All-Star finally succumbed to demands to compete in the three-point contest after swearing the previous year that he would never participate again.
After easily beating the field to win the 2022 WNBA 3-point contest Saturday at McCormick Place, the DePaul alumna became the first NBA or WNBA player to win four 3-point contests, eclipsing Carl Hodges and Larry Bird.
“It’s great to be a part of history with some of the best shooters,” Quigley said. “It feels great to have that trust from my coach, everyone in Chicago and my teammates. They are always promoting me and letting me know how good a shooter I am. That really helps me get out there and do what I do.”
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Quigley cruised through the first round, leading all scorers with 26 points. He faced Ariel Atkins and Rhyne Howard in the final round and only needed 21 points to win when he stepped onto the shelf.
It didn’t take long for him to run out with the win, claiming victory on the penultimate rack. As Quigley, who finished with 30 points, was making his last shot, the announcer yelled over a boisterous crowd, “Allie Quigley has done it again!”
His teammates ran from their seats to greet Quigley after she won. Her wife and teammate Courtney Vandersloot picked her up to celebrate. The Joliet native’s family was also in attendance.
Before the start of the contest, Candace Parker wore Quigley’s DePaul T-shirt. When she was asked where she thinks Quigley lands in professional basketball history among the best shooters, Parker had a simple answer.
“Now is the time to change the name of the 3-point contest to the Allie Quigley Invitational,” Parker said.
Vandersloot and Azurá Stevens participated in the skills competition but did not make it past the first round. New York Liberty shooting guard Sabrina Ionescu won the event in her first year as an All-Star.
James Kay is a freelance reporter for the Chicago Tribune.